Where Japan and I meet - aesthetically and design wise - The Organic Company

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Where Japan and I meet – aesthetically and design wise

Do you know that belonging feeling?
Even if you haven’t been at a specific place you still feel very special about it? For a long time I’ve felt I belong to Japan.

I visited Japan for the first time in November 2016 and already when I left the airport I felt at home.

A street in Minato-ku, which is a central part of Tokyo

A street in Minato-ku, a central part of Tokyo

 

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My angle of this post is what caught my eyes in Japan – the same mind and eyes designing the products in The Organic Company.

Below is my view and interpretation. They might be prejudiced by the love I feel for the country. Now you are warned :)

 

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The first thing I noticed was the landscape, including the streets.
The streets are clean and tidy. And look at the street signs, so decorative, right? So well placed …

 

The street in front of my hotel in Minato-ku, Tokyo

The street in front of my hotel in Minato-ku, Tokyo

A street in Shibuya-ku. A central part of Tokyo

A street in Shibuya-ku. A central part of Tokyo

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Aesthetics – in this regard when art or the like please the senses

– is what I see and feel, when I see balanced and often minimalistic architecture and design.
And so many examples are to be found in Japan.

 

The Nezu museum in Minato-ku, Tokyo

The Nezu museum in Minato-ku, Tokyo

Train station at TOKYO BIG SIGHT in Koto-ku, Tokyo

Train station at TOKYO BIG SIGHT in Koto-ku, Tokyo

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The Japanese are very polite and gentle

Besides their strong cultural behavior, Buddhism, which is a balanced way of living, is strongly represented. Visiting their shrines, was a spiritual experience. The atmosphere was very deeply founded and though a lot of people were there (Japanese and tourists) an embracing energy was there too.

 

A Meiji shrine A bride is posing towards the camera

A Meiji shrine A bride is posing towards the camera

 

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The way they think are smart, effective and minimalistic.

 

Iphone charger at the hotel room. No need of a power converter(which is a small thing, however not always available or working)

Iphone charger at the hotel room. No need of a power converter (which is a small thing, however not always available or working)

Wet umbrella cover. 


Wet umbrella cover
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If you think (like I did before looking into it): plastic is no good

– then you should know, that Japan do have a good waste sorting system and a good recycling percentage-
(77% of ALL plastic were recycled in 2010. Source: www.theguardian.com). Beat that! :)

 

Even among all the busy cars in the airport, orderliness is to be found.

Even among all the busy cars in the airport, orderliness is to be found.

 

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I think that Japan is ranking in the top aesthetically,

as well as they would rank high on a friendly and polite scale. At least my scales, Japan ranks in top 1 :)

My way of designing brings several aspects into the process; I want the result to meet a need, I want it to behave and to have an aesthetic expression.

At site or from a distance, Japan is one of my inspiration sources to aesthetic design. And I am not the first or the only one. Danes have been inspired by the japanese since late 1800 (source: art historian Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgensen). Did you know that?

Arigato (Japanese for “thank you”).

Joy

About Joy

Joy founded The Organic Company back in 2007 as she wanted to combine organic values with design and high quality. Joy believes in a strong relationship with her customers and her daily goal is to have a good day with fun and new knowledge

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